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Newsmaker Of The Year

News Release from Clackamas Fire Dist. #1 – Posted on FlashAlert: March 23rd, 2018 10:50 AM

Clackamas Fire District #1’s Division Chief Bill Conway was honored by Pamplin Media Group and the Royal Rosarians with the Newsmaker of the Year at the Royal Rosarian Newsmakers of the Year Dinner Banquet and Award Presentations on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

The Royal Rosarians proudly honored members of the community who have performed exceptional acts of heroism or outstanding humanitarian work without regard for personal safety, public recognition, or personal gain. The recipients were nominated by Portland-area media outlets, and their stories were told in words and pictures by the local news anchors, editors, and reporters who first publicized their heroic efforts.

Division Chief Conway was nominated by Angela Fox, publisher with Pamplin Media Group, for his off-duty save on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Conway was in the right place at the right time to help save the life of a patient in cardiac arrest. Conway was shopping at the Grocery Outlet, 15810 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Oak Grove, when he and his wife heard someone crash to the floor. Store employees called 911 immediately and Conway assessed the patient and found him to be unconscious and not breathing. Conway began chest compressions as Clackamas Fire firefighters from Oak Grove Station 3 and American Medical Response units responded to the scene. Thanks to Conway’s quick actions and CPR training that led to saving a man’s life.

Chief Fred Charlton said, “There were only seven awards presented and Clackamas Fire is extremely proud of Chief Conway and our firefighter crew from Oak Grove Station 3 who responded, and the overall success of our hands-only CPR program.”

Newsmakers were awarded a Royal Rosarian bronze medallion and a framed certificate by the Prime Minister. K103- FM morning radio personalities, John Erickson and Bruce Murdock, returned and served as Masters of Ceremonies for a memorable evening where representatives of local media outlets presented their “Newsmaker” or newsworthy story to an audience of over 400 attendees, which included members of the Royal Rosarians.